Effective Maintenance Strategies
If the predicted remaining life is not enough to satisfy the user’s reserves about their asset, there will be a need to consider alternatives. These can include:
- Replacing the pipeline or parts of it
- Repairing parts of the pipeline
- Increasing inspection frequency to carefully manage the risk associated with operating an asset towards the end of its life.
- Using inhibitors to control & reduce the flow rate
All these “what if” scenarios can be modelled quickly in THEIA from a forecasting perspective. An inspection using an intelligent pig is expensive, takes time to procure, and can be disruptive to operations. The opportunity lies in the ability to use predictive maintenance as a supplement to inspection to optimise decision-making, corrosion growth rate calculations, the use of real-time data (pressure, flow rates, temperature, etc), and other KPIs can contribute to extending a pipeline’s operational life.
All these tools are implemented within THEIA, providing that same opportunity and necessary data required to calculate the remaining life of an asset, and explore how to potentially extend it.